So i designed two layout for my living room, so they matchy but aren't too matchy matchy. I don't like things to be too matchy matchy. They both have the same idea of creating an interesting detailed background, using stitching and making a background pattern with paper, and of course both use chipboard but i have to have chipboard in every layout i do a layout is not complete without chipboard!!!
I start my making the background- i like to layer several pieces of paper together first- distressing and inking paper- usually make inside paper 0.25" smaller around all sides, sew them together, i don't attempt to make straight lines instead wavy and use differnt stitches to add more interest. On layout A i used the chicken wire chipboard also as a template and used a combination of glimmer mist and perfect pearl mist to create the background pattern. On both i created another pattern by cutting paper into A- honeycomb B- argyl distress and ink edges, i don't like a complete pattern so i remove some sections makes it look older and worn, sew on, now layer everything on top.
My other favorite from these layouts is i didn't use the chicken wire as a full piece instead ripped it apart and layered on top in corners- i don' believe you should every be afraid to rip materials there is no law that says you need to use in their as is shape!!!